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What is PCF?

PCF is an independent partnership between public and private sectors in New Zealand and other Pacific Island countries.

It aims to strengthen partnerships in both the public and private sectors, sharing knowledge and expertise to promote prosperous businesses and communities in the Pacific.

PCF operates with core values of:
- Supportng the Pacific
- Honesty and integrity
- Speed to action
- Respect, honour, and reciprocity
- Being close to the heart of the matter
- Nurturing and maintaining relatonships

Our Patron

Governor General of New Zealand

Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy

Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy

The newly appointed Governor General of New Zealand takes over former Patron at PCF, His Excellency Lieutenant General the Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae.

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Our Chairman

Peter Kiely, ONZM

Peter Kiely, ONZM

Peter Kiely is the Chairman of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation, appointed in 2010. He has been made an officer of The NZ Order of Merit in the 2017 New Year Honour’s List, and the award comes after over 30 years of promoting sustainable economic development to improve the standard of living in the Pacific region.

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Our Board Members

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson is General Manager of Beca International Consultants Ltd, a New Zealand-based company formed for the delivery of international work for the Beca Group. Beca is New Zealand’s leading international engineering and related consultancy services organisation, specialising in the design and management of projects throughout the Asia Pacific Region.Mr Wilson is also a Director of Beca’s International companies and is responsible for its overall international business and the development and implementation of a wide range of projects throughout the Asia Pacific region. He has extensive management experience, with a career spanning more than 35 years.Andrew has worked and travelled extensively and has overseen a number of Beca’s infrastructure development projects throughout the Pacific. He joined the PCF Board in March 2014. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee.

Tony Butler

Tony Butler

Tony is one of New Zealand’s most experienced managers in field of business to business commerce.Tony is considered a leading expert in all facets of supply chain management and distribution. Tony has over 30 years experience in distributing computer products in New Zealand and in the Pacific Islands. Tony is experienced in multicultural management having managed subsidiaries of his companies in Asia-Pacific.Tony is active in community and charitable organisations with a focus on early childhood education and health.

Laauli Michael Jones

Laauli Michael Jones

Michael is the Strategic Relationships Manager for Matson South Pacific Limited (Matson) and is a key member of their strategic management team. Michael heads the Bulk Fuels division for Matson. He has significant personal contacts amongst Pacific Island Governments and Communities. Furthermore, Michael is an active participant in his local community being the Chairman of the Village Trust, an organisation focused on supporting and assisting West Auckland youth and is a board member on Community Christian Fellowship.Michael has completed Masters studies in Pacific Economic Development and has broad knowledge and expertise in the current geo-political environment in the Pacific. Michael has held management positions in both the private (Air New Zealand) and public sectors (Auckland University of Technology).

Ngahiwi Tomoana (Ngati Kahungunu)

Ngahiwi Tomoana (Ngati Kahungunu)

Ngāhiwi Tomoana is of Ngati Hawea, Ngati Hori and Samoan descent. He has been the Chair of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated (NKII) since 1996. He has been involved in hapū and iwi development most of his life.Ngāhiwi holds a number of key strategic positions that include: Chair of the Māori Economic Development Advisory Board; Deputy Chair of the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board; Executive Board Member for the New Zealand China Council; Board Member for the Pacific Cooperation Foundation, and Forum Member of the NZ Police Commissioner’s Maori Focus Forum; Director of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park, to name a few.Ngāhiwi has a strong background in the seafood industry. He has taken the lead in promoting Māori aquaculture for the wider Māori community and his iwi, and played a significant role through the Treaty Tribes Coalition in the discussions over the development of the fisheries allocation method.

Nicole Metzger

Nicole Metzger

Nicole has over 20 years experience in private sector business into the Pacific Islands, specialising in fresh fruit and vegetables.Nicole is the Managing Director of the produce export company, South Seas Produce. South Seas Produce focuses solely on the Pacific Islands and is the largest exporter of kiwifruit into the Pacific. Prior to establishing South Seas Produce, Nicole was the Pacific Manager for Turners and Growers/ENZA. Her strengths include strategic and managerial leadership. Nicole also lead PCF's engagement with the Brother Zeamays Project in Tonga.

Rachel Skudder

Rachel Skudder

Rachel has worked in Pacific education and development for over 18 years and is a Director at BEST Pacific Institute of Education, New Zealand’s largest Pasifika-focused tertiary education institute with a Pasifika student body of over 2,500 students across 5 campuses in Auckland.A lawyer and a teacher, Rachel is committed to the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of Pacific people and is Co-Chair of RAISE Pasifika, an Auckland Pasifika Education Advocacy Group and is active in other community advocacy and Pacific advisory groups. From Tongan and Greek lineage, Rachel brings a unique cultural perspective and experience in working with Pasifika communities in New Zealand and the Pacific region. Rachel is the Chair of PCF's Communications Committee.

Tony O'Brien

Tony O'Brien

One of New Zealand’s best-known government relations experts, Tony came to New Zealand from the UK after a successful career in international publishing.Tony joined SKY Television in 1991 and for 23 years worked across the business including as Commercial Manager, Business Manager, Government Relations Manager, Director of Communications and SKY’s first Director of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs.Tony represented SKY on a range of external bodies including the Advertising Standards Authority and the NZ Broadcasting Sector Government Advisory Group. He also chaired the Marketing & Communications Committee for the NZ Digital Television Switchover.

As well known in Wellington’s corridors of power as he is in Auckland’s corporate circles, in 2012 Tony was appointed to the board of Antarctica New Zealand. In April 2015, he was appointed as a trustee/board member of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation.

Annemarie Browne

Annemarie Browne

Annemarie Browne has over 30 years’ sales and marketing experience, primarily in the broadcast industry, with extensive leadership capability across teams and geographies. She started her career in the UK with ITV, before moving to Australia where she joined Channel 7. In 1990 Annemarie returned home to the newly formed TV3 where she held senior roles in both Sales and Marketing. During the early 1990’s she joined Internet investment company – eVentures, as Head of Communications and CEO Messagemedia, before moving to TVNZ where she led the marketing and channel programming teams.

In 2014 Annemarie joined Orion Health as VP – Marketing, where she has been responsible for building a global marketing team to drive brand and sales growth across 15 countries. Annemarie’s children have strong Samoan heritage and as a family they have spent the last 25 years traveling regularly to the Pacific.

Dr Brook Barrington

Dr Brook Barrington

Brook Barrington is Chief Executive and Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Brook joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in 1990 and held a variety of roles both within New Zealand and offshore. He left MFAT in 2009 to take leadership positions in the wider public sector.The first part of Brook’s career in MFAT was spent advancing New Zealand’s trade policy interests. He worked across government and the private sector, and had postings to Canberra and Brussels. The later part of his time in MFAT was more focused on political and security issues, including as Foreign Policy Advisor in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) and as Ambassador to Thailand for three years.From 2009 until 2012 he was Deputy Secretary, Policy and Planning in the Ministry of Defence, where he led the development of the 2010 Defence White Paper.

Brook has recently held two Deputy Chief Executive (DCE) roles at the Ministry of Justice.

He was initially the DCE Sector (2012-2014) with a particular focus on improving alignment and governance across the justice sector (Ministry of Justice, NZ Police and Department of Corrections).

During 2014 he moved to the DCE role responsible for the overall management of the day-to-day operations of the Ministry of Justice, ensuring the Ministry has the strategy, governance, engagement and capability to deliver its core services effectively and efficiently.

Brook holds a PhD in history from the University of Auckland.

Our Team

Laulu Mac Leauanae

Chief Executive

Mac is the Chief Executive of the Foundation, a role he has held since March 2014.

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Leaupepe Taala Ralph Elika

Programme Development Manager

Ralph has been the Programme Development Manager since August 2014.

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Marcia Thomas

Executive Manager

Marcia has been the Executive Manager for PCF since January 2009.

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Michelle Curran

Communications Manager

Michelle is a journalist who began contracting for the Foundation since June 2015.

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Sabrina Tian

Projects Administrator

Sabrina has been with PCF since May 2014 - she is our administrator extraodinaire!

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Maria Fuata

Senior Accountant

Maria is an experienced accountant and has worked with PCF since June 2016.

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Promoting prosperous businesses and communities in the Pacific